This epic depiction of thirty years of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles focuses on a teen named Santana who, with his friends Mundo and the Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J.D., form their own gang and are soon arrested for a break-in.
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American Me is one of the great American gangster pictures and a film that never quite got it's due. Produced, directed, and starring Edward James Olmos, the film is a tour de force show of his great and under-utilized talents. It's also one of the rare gangster films that completely refuses to glamorize organized crime. (cont.)
"When we were kids, belonging felt good. But having respect, that feels even better"
Taking back your masculinity from a white supremacist society that strips that from you can become an all consuming drive; a drive that can all too easily be used to destroy you.